1.24.2011

Quickie Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

I came across this on my bookshelf the other day, and couldn't remember much about it, except for the fact that I had really liked it. It's been about three years since I read it, and I know my preferences have changed, so I wanted to read it again to see if I would still like it. 

I'm sorry to say that after reading this again, I find that I don't care for it. While it was entertaining, it was also self-important, and put way too much focus on unimportant things like fashion and drinking. Since it has been out for a while (published 2007), and most people already know the series or have read every review out there, I'm going to give you a quickie:

What I liked:

  • Very original plot.
  • Clues and revelations (the few that were given) were perfectly timed.
  • The use of history, and how historic events were worked into the plot.
  • Wonderfully described settings, always giving a good sense of the surroundings.


What I didn't like:

  • Undeveloped characters.
  • Lots and lots of talk about fashion, clothing, and name brands. I had trouble deciding which was more important: the clothes or the mystery. 
  • The book left me with so many questions, and so few actual answers.
  • Way too much teenage drinking...even for teens who are "immune" to it's effects.
  • Teenagers acting like adults (alcohol, night clubs, sex, parties, cocktails in a hotel bar), and no one questions their actions, or even asks for ID? Very unlikely.

Read this if:
...you want a glimpse of high society life, you have an innate sense of fashion (or like to pretend that you do), and you like solving mysteries on the side.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!* 
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{I already mentioned the alcohol and partying thing. But I also want to mention that if you are opposed to scriptural figures--namely, the Angel Michael--being cast in a negative light, you may want to stay away from this one.}

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